How William Maxwell wrote

William Maxwell “I seemed to have no more choice about this than one has about the background of a dream. . . . A set of characters seized me, and ran off with me. My function was simply to record what they said and did, rather than shape the goings on.”
[talking about writing ‘Time Will Darken It’ to ‘The New Yorker’ magazine, September 8, 2008]

[photo: The New Yorker]

[photo: The New Yorker]

I think every novelist longs for this, but how rarely does it happen?
Read John Updike’s New Yorker article in full here. Click here for my review of Time Will Darken It.

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‘Time will Darken It’ by William Maxwell [UK: Panther]

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